Aviation safety issues and actions

Operator guidance to flight crews

Issue number: AO-2016-166-SI-03
Who it affects: Virgin Australia Airlines flight crews operating into Darwin airport
Issue owner: Virgin Australia Airlines
Operation affected: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2016-166
Date: 15 May 2019

Safety issue description

Virgin Australia did not have formal guidance for flight crews regarding the limited visual cues for maintaining alignment to runway 11/29 at Darwin during night landings in reduced visibility.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Virgin Australia Airlines
Action number: AO-2016-166-NSA-012
Date: 20 January 2018
Action status: Closed

On 20 January 2017, the operator introduced additional guidance to flight crews for approach to Darwin airport, including notes about runway surface, slope, width, lighting, and ambient light.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The operator’s action, in conjunction with other safety actions, should provide crews with adequate guidance to enable them to assess risk and prepare for approaches in low visibility conditions at Darwin Airport.

Last update 15 May 2019